Services at 1 p.m. today for Anders Pederson

Realtor's son succumbs after donating kidney to his sister

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Augustine Catholic Church for Anders Pederson, who died Nov. 2 just over a week after surgery in which he donated a kidney to his sister Kelly.

Anders lapsed into a coma a day after the successful transplant operation and never awoke. Immediately after the surgery, he and Kelly had a chance to visit several times, both pleased that his kidney was giving her a new lease on life after both of her kidneys failed. "He is now a part of me for the rest of my life," Kelly said.

At the UC San Francisco Medical Center, where the surgery took place, doctors had no explanation for Anders death. They said he was the first kidney donor to succumb from that kind of operation in the 50 years UCSF has performed kidney transplants.

Anders is the son of Melissa Pederson, a Pleasanton Realtor for 27 years who is now with Venture Sothebys International Realty on Main Street.

He was a remarkable guy. Visually impaired early in life, he never let poor sight slow him down, whether in the classroom or on the playground at Vintage Hills Elementary School, which he attended, on the sports fields and track at Pleasanton Middle School, or at Foothill High School.

Even with his vision difficulty, he mastered tennis at Foothill and became a top student in Japanese, a language he chose because of his admiration of Japanese culture. He won top honors in the school's Japanese classes taught by Diehl Sensei (also known as Tom Diehl).

He traveled to Japan after graduating from Foothill to attend Shibuya High School and then Sophia University, both in Tokyo. He then earned a bachelor's degree in Economics and Japanese at Santa Clara University.

Anders was a software developer with experience in project management, analytics and sales. Passionate about solving problems, creating new ideas and bringing innovative products to market, he also enjoyed learning and implementing new technologies, working to make them more impactful and efficient.

Among his innovative ideas was to co-found Spicy Vines, a bold venture in the creation of his own Napa Valley spiced wine. The result was a wine so diverse it can be served straight out of the bottle, as a cocktail or even heated up on a cold winter night like its traditional mulled wine counterpart.

Anders once said it was this venture that helped him challenge people to try something new, do something different and embrace life with a twist.

Anders, who lived in San Francisco, was close to his mother and often stopped by. Daughter Kelly is now home from the UCSF Medical Center with a fully-functioning kidney after several years of dialysis and will return to work in Lyons, Colo., where she is a software engineer. Another son, Austin, lives and works in Utah.

Friends and family will pay tribute to Anders at this afternoon's mass and at a reception at St. Augustine's that will follow.

For those wishing to contribute in her son's memory, Melissa has opened an account at Fremont Bank. Donations should be made in the name of J. Anders Pederson Memorial Fund for Vision Impaired.


21 people like this
Posted by Sandra Betts
a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2015 at 10:38 am

I remember Anders fondly, as a kind, intelligent, sensitive boy who never let his vision challenges stand in his way. He was such a joy and inspiration to those who knew him. We were all so blessed to have him, and yet feel cheated to lose this extraordinary person far too soon. I wish his lovely mother and sister my very deepest condolences. While I cannot be there in person at the memorial, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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Posted by Julie Testa
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Nov 18, 2015 at 1:13 pm

What a story of love.
We knew the Pederson family at Vintage Hills, good kids, I remember lots of smiles.

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Posted by Cindy York
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 18, 2015 at 6:08 pm

He was such a great kid at Vintage Hills. He will be missed. Sending hugs to the family.

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Posted by Ted Alstott
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 19, 2015 at 10:54 am

Anders was on one of my soccer teams when he was very young, probably around 10, but I always remembered him, truly. He made a lasting, good impression on me even from that young age, and that limited involvement. It was his kindness. Anders kindness poured out of him and lasted. I'm sorry he's gone. We are all poorer from the loss, yet richer for any time spent with him.

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Posted by Jeanne Winter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2015 at 5:17 pm

My prayers to the entire family. I knew Anders and the other children in the early 1990's while beginning my work career at Pleasanton Valley Ins. Wonderful family! Melissa you are a rock-I admire you and wish you all the best. Love the Winter Family 🙏❤️

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Posted by April
a resident of another community
on Nov 20, 2015 at 1:51 am

First met Anders in Japan when traveling around with Diehl sensei and he was living there. Haven't spoken to him in 10 years but I remember having a blast with him and a few of the other students we were traveling with, and I am shocked and sad to hear of his passing. my heart goes out to you guys.

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Posted by Charli Hyden
a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 20, 2015 at 10:32 am

Melissa, Kelly & Austin, I am so, so sorry. In the many decades that I have been on this earth, this is the biggest tragedy that I have experienced. It's hard to know what to say. It just seems so senseless. God has a plan and we must know that and know that at some time, we will understand. Peace to all of you and God Bless You.

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Posted by Tom Henn
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 20, 2015 at 12:37 pm

My heart and prayers go out to the entire family. I am at a loss for words for such a loving gift to a sister.

God Bless You,

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Posted by S.
a resident of another community
on Dec 1, 2015 at 2:57 pm

I met Anders at SCU, in a Japanese language or culture class. Although we didn't keep in touch after graduation, I was very saddened to hear of his passing. I remember him as a distinctively kind individual.

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Posted by So sad.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2015 at 9:52 am

RiP good man.

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